SPAYING, or Spading. The operation of castrating the females of the several kinds of animals, to prevent them from conception and promote fattening. It is performed by cutting them in the mid flank on the left side, making the incision in an oblique manner, and of breadth sufficient to admit of the introduction of the fore-finger to remove the ovaries. These are two kernels, placed one on each side of the uterus, which being drawn out to the wound, the cord is cut and both taken away. It is advisable, after stitching up the wound, to anoint the part with tar salve, and keep the animal warm for two or three days.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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